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Why the year of VR glasses will morph into the decade of AR

Innovative new applications using virtual reality headsets are seemingly popping up everywhere these days, especially in the gaming, education, and entertainment arenas. While we will likely look back at 2016 as the year of VR, many industry observers believe augmented reality (AR) glasses may …

Augmented Reality

5 useful robots that will make your annoying chores fun again

While we aren’t living in any sky-rise <i>Jetsons</i> apartments just yet, home automation has come long away since its humble beginnings. Dishwashers have …

Robotics

Big data’s humble beginnings

Clicks. Once upon a time they were the most powerful tool in assessing online ad performance. A humble beginning, but much has changed. The data-driven measurement and predictive analytics technologies that launched adtech and expanded to marketing are now being applied to nearly everything — and …

Big Data

Leadership, Brands And Profit In The Digital World

I have spent more than four decades as an international broadcast journalist covering most major international new events since 1980 throughout Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East for outlets such as ABC News, PBS, AP Broadcast, and CNBC. I have held bureau chief and correspondent …

Management

Experts think bitcoin's tech is the future of finance

The blockchain could change the way banks work.<p>Even if bitcoin fades into obscurity, finance experts believe that the technology behind it will live on and even change how financial services work. According to a study conducted by Swiss non-profit World Economic Forum, the blockchain, which is the …

FinTech

Founders: Big tech won’t buy your startup, but big brands might

A few years ago, entrepreneurs had the same aspiring party line for investors and partners, “<i>… and we’ll be acquired by [insert big tech giant here] within 18-24 months</i>.” While Google and Yahoo did enjoy a nice startup-shopping spree back in 2013-2014, there’s been a fundamental shift in the …

Startups

Digital tools redefine learning | The Network | The Network

More than ever in today’s classrooms, digital tools are redefining the process of teaching and learning.<p>Whether it’s through games, online textbooks, animation or videos, digital learning has become an essential part of the educational experience. It is especially vital in preparing our students to …

Learning

How IoT companies can beef up their data security

With high-profile data breaches all over the news, cybersecurity is on everyone’s mind. But beyond educating staff and users alike on best practices, what can Internet of Things companies do to improve their data security practices as they rush to ship products out the door?<p>To find out, I asked 10 …

Security

OpenFog Consortium Is Picking Up Steam

Innovation<p>Helder Antunes - August 15, 2016 - 1 Comment<p>Last November, I was proud to represent Cisco as we joined with five other founding companies and academic organizations to form the OpenFog Consortium. We knew the time was right to accelerate the deployment of fog technologies in the Internet …

Cisco Systems

Why Digital Tech Is a Competitive Advantage for Small Businesses

<i>By Dinesh Sharma, Vice President of Marketing, SAP</i><p>Digital transformation offers an unparalleled opportunity for small and midsize companies to get bigger, more nimble and turn the tables on much larger competitors. When everything is digitized and tracked, businesses can work directly with …

Innovation

BMW will release self-driving cars in China in 2021

BMW is ramping up its driverless car efforts.<p>The German automaker is planning to release self-driving vehicles in China in 2021, Maximilian Doemling, senior manager for highly automated driving at BMW Group, announced over the weekend at an artificial intelligence summit in China, China Radio …

Autos

Beyond AI: Human + Machine Collaboration For The Advancement Of Humankind

40 philosophies from famous marketers throughout history

I believe you can learn something from everyone — as long as you’re listening. We’re always building on the legacy and lessons of those who have come before us.<p>For marketers, this is quite a legacy indeed. Although the discipline of marketing only emerged in the 1900s, it builds on a foundation of …

Marketing

Taking on the World’s Greatest Challenges, Together

Cisco Blog > Partner<p>Partner<p>Michelle Chiantera - August 15, 2016 - 0 Comments<p>Digital transformation.<p>For Cisco and our partners, what lies behind those two words is immensely powerful.<p>Today’s digital transformation is in motion to revolutionize how we work, live, play, and learn. And together, with …

Cisco Systems

Virtual reality and exoskeletons helped paraplegics walk again

A study showed significant improvements in voluntary muscle function<p>A combination of motorized exoskeletons and virtual reality could help paraplegics regain some control of paralyzed limbs, according to a new study.<p>New research published today in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i> looked at how this …

Virtual Reality

Most companies slow to adopt new business tech even when it can help

Is your company keeping up with technology? If not, should you be concerned? Most IT managers and business execs believe staying current with the …

Business

Cybersecurity for Defense: Insider Threat Part 2

Government<p>Michael Reed - August 12, 2016 - 5 Comments<p>In my last blog post, I discussed what an inside threat actually means in the cybersecurity world and why it is so important for the Department of Defense to pay attention to. Now, I’m going to dive a little deeper into tools that DoD and other …

Networking

Will These 4 Skills Help Future-Proof Your Career?

I write books, deliver keynote presentations and provide expert advice on big data, analytics, metrics and improving business performance. I have helped many of the world’s leading companies and governments on how to answer their most critical business questions using data and metrics. My recent …

Big Data

Control all your devices from your phone with the AnyMote smart remote

So many devices, so many remotes. What if we told you that you could ditch them, and instead control everything from your phone?<p>This concept is now a reality, thanks to the AnyMote Home Universal Smart Remote. For a limited time, this next-level device is just $74.99 from TNW Deals.<p>With the AnyMote …

Phones

7 robots that are replacing farm workers around the world

In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food.<p>In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can.<p>Here's a look at seven machines that are …

Robotics

Computer Vision Is More Than Just Image Recognition

Proving it with Vodafone UK

SP360: Service Provider<p>Mat Leaver - August 11, 2016 - 1 Comment<p>Self-Optimizing Networks (SON) is not a new term and it has been thrown around for some time within the industry. Distributed SON (D-SON) is now active in many service providers’ radio networks having first been standardized in 3GPP …

Networking

The healing power of AI

Artificial intelligence originally aspired to replace doctors. Researchers imagined robots that could ask you questions, run the answers through an algorithm that would learn with experience and tell whether you had the flu or a cold. However, those promises largely failed, as artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

#TransformationThursday: Thinking Outside of the Box

Government<p>Arvind Satyam - August 11, 2016 - 2 Comments<p>In the Name of Innovation:<p>Technology is only as useful as the processes it changes, the money it saves, and the lives that it improves. In increasingly complex city environments where there are more people, less resources and higher demands than …

Cisco Systems

Gartner Research: “Cisco is a dominant player in the Evolved Packet Core”

SP360: Service Provider<p>Jim O'Leary - August 11, 2016 - 1 Comment<p>Summer time is half over and some people are starting to come back from vacation, while others are taking off on vacation this week, all-in-all it has been a great summer as long as you like the heat.<p>Gartner Research hasn’t been on …

Cisco Systems

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

Ambitious new cities Songdo and Masdar may not have lived up to their promise, but smaller projects in the US aim to be laboratories for sustainable city planning<p>Masdar, on the edges of Abu Dhabi, was billed as the world’s first sustainable city when it was conceived in 2006. It was intended to be …

Smart Cities

San Diego's Smart City And Cybersecurity Cluster Means Smart Is Safe

I have 15 years' experience in the mobile, web and digital sectors. I write for The Economist, MIT Tech Review, Mashable, TechCrunch and Wired UK, and I have a weekly column for UK broadsheet The Telegraph. I speak on the BBC World Service and am a sought-after speaker around the world in places …

Cities

The Big Deal With Big Data Isn’t (Just) the Data

MIT’s new online certificate course offers entirely new ways of thinking about data analysis for your business.<p>By 2020, each of the 7.7 million …

Big Data

How the Internet of Things is going to transform retail

(Hero Images/Getty)<p>“We are entering into an era of deep personalization where everything from our bodies to our homes are interconnected,” declares a …

IT